Monday was issued a framework for a faculty induction program for newly recruited college and university teachers by the University Grant Commission (UGC), the regulator for higher education.
Teachers will now have to attend an obligatory one-month training in the context of induction programme, which will focus on Constitutional values, pedagogy, research and development.
This framework noted that, unlike school teachers, faculty recruits for the higher education sector usually become members of the profession without any formal education, education or assessment. Understanding and capabilities in these areas along with awareness of policies, governance, and administrative structures are developed informally out of their own experiences or from experiences shared by colleagues, the UGC said.
The Faculty Inductive Program must be implemented within two years following their accession, for all newly recruited regular faculty members in full time, “said the registrant.
At the end of the first phase, the framework said, every participant will be given a practical task. The task can be tested with the help of a mentor in the actual situation in the classroom or institutional setting.
During Phase two of the program, a report on the task must be submitted and discussed. Specific slots for presentation, review and feedback were kept at the beginning of Phase 2, according to UGC. It will be compulsory to complete the program and clear the evaluation.
The participants who perform extremely well during the course will be given a special mention, he added.
The modules are aimed at understanding India’s higher education, curricula and pedagogy, research and development, personal / emotional development, life skills, advice and encouragement, and constitutional values and the environmental awareness.